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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Families & Groups

Healthy food is part of the kids’ adventure at some hotels


Finally, it appears, the hotel industry is paying attention to what traveling families have long been saying: Make kids’ menus healthier; give kids more choices! more
Families & Groups, Lodging, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


The Wild Side of Puerto Rico: Extreme Sports for Exploring Extreme Terrain


‘Snuba’ is not a typo, it’s one of the fastest growing aquatic activities that combines the best of snorkeling and scuba diving and allows you to explore coral reefs in the depths of the tropical seas without getting scuba diving certified. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Diary | comments


Orlando treats you like a VIP


Who doesn’t want to be treated like a VIP on vacation? We all do, of course, cutting lines, getting pampered, seeing what most tourists don’t. Orlando offers plenty of VIP options for the entire family—assuming you’re willing to pay extra for the privilege, of course. more
Destinations, Disney, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups | comments


Interacting with the Turtles at SeaWorld Orlando


TurtleTrek the 3D movie at Seaworld Orlando
TurtleTrek is home to adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles — all of whom, like Grandma, have been deemed nonreleasable by the Florida government. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Discovering the beauty of the California Coastal region


Eileen and Reggie pause in the redwood grove
During our five-mile hike, we see plump yellow banana slugs, the tiny Calypso orchid and blooming trillium, a member of the lily family. But the best part is the conversations with my daughter, Reg, who lives across the country from us in San Francisco. I’d forgotten how conducive hiking is to catching up! more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Farm to table at the historic Ocean House in Rhode Island


Jane Dane, the mom of three, is a modern day Forager. That means it is her full time job to act as the liaison between local farmers and the chefs at the luxe 49-room Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI which is a designated Relais & Chateau property with a focus on farm to table cuisine. more
Backyard Vacations, Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Diary | 1 Comment


Lots of places to rediscover your inner Titantic


Dr. Robert Ballard the world-famous oceanographer
The real point here is to encourage youngsters and their parents to “journey to new depths of discovery.” That includes a 4-D theater where SpongeBob SquarePants takes you and your kids on an undersea adventure, complete with mist and bubbles more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | comments


Prepping for a Family Road Trip


If you’re looking for family vacation ideas, consider taking a road trip. Driving to your family vacation destination is often more affordable than buying plane tickets for the whole family more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Getting There | 2 Comments


Time to plan your visit to our National Parks


Ethan and Hannah viewing Yellowstone bear from a safe distance
My youngest daughter, Mel, says those national parks trips when she was little (and complained her legs were “broken” from all the hiking) spurred her interest in environmental science — her college major more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Giant Redwoods and little yellow slugs – Day Four


Reggie examines a bananna slug in Redwood grove
The Giant Redwoods, soaring hundreds of feet in the air, were amazing. But what was even better was the conversations with my daughter Reggie as we hiked through Butano State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Diary | 1 Comment





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